Woman jailed for petrol attack faces charges

A WOMAN who was jailed for three years earlier this week for dousing petrol over an 18-month-old girl appeared in court concerning a further five charges.

At Limerick Circuit Court last Monday, Judge Seán O Donnabháin jailed Majella McCarthy, aged 26, of Galway Road, Ennis, Co Clare, after she was found guilty of three counts of assault causing harm at Spanish Point Road, Miltown Malbay, on March 4 last.

McCarthy suffers from what doctors described as an antisocial personality disorder.

In the incident last March, McCarthy first poured petrol over her father at the family home before going to a car parked outside and dousing a baby girl and her mother with petrol.

At Ennis District Court yesterday, McCarthy appeared in connection to a further five charges.

Solicitor for McCarthy, Tara Godfrey, said her client would be pleading guilty to contravening a barring order made at Ennis District Court on September 19, 2006, by entering her parents’ home at Miltown Malbay on February 27 last.

The court was told McCarthy will also be pleading guilty to not appearing at Ennistymon District Court in accordance with her bail conditions on March 4 last – the same day as the incident outside her parents’ home.

Ms Godfrey said that a charge of assaulting Garda Barry Comber at Ennis District Court on March 6 last year was rolled into the indictment that went before the circuit court and could be struck out. Last Monday, McCarthy received a six-month jail term for the assault on Garda Comber to run concurrently with the three-year jail term.

Ms Godfrey said McCarthy will plead not guilty to assaulting Garda Johanna Egan at Ennis District Court on March 13 last.

Ms Godfrey also said McCarthy will also plead not guilty to refusing to pay a taxi driver €€50 to drive her to her parents’ home on February 27 last.

Judge Mangan adjourned all matters concerning the outstanding charges to a special sitting of Ennis District Court to November 9.

Judge Mangan remanded McCarthy on her own bail of €€100.

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